Location in Graz
Thyroid, Endocrine and Osteoporosis
Institute Dobnig GmbH
Electoral institute
Location in Vienna
Practice for thyroid
radiofrequency ablation

Univ.Prof.Dr.Harald Dobnig
Radiofrequency ablation
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Thyroid, Endocrine and Osteoporosis Institute Dobnig GmbH
Advantages of a private institute
competent and friendly care by a specialist team
short waiting time for an appointment, also on-line appointment reservation
short waiting time on your visiting day (though exceptions can sometimes occur)
short waiting time for reports (for thyroid reports usually two working days)
  Thyroid disorders
We charge a little bit higher than standard Austrian insurance rates for common services (e.g. thyroid ultrasound, thyroid scan, and thyroid hormone lab), a little bit less than 80% of which will be reimbursed by your Austrian insurance company, as well as a flat charge of € 43.- for thyroid, or endocrine disorder and osteoporosis evaluation visits. The latter includes all the benefits of a privately run institute for a "standard" visit. For visits that are more complex and need more time, we will charge a higher flat charge, depending on the duration of your visit, the complexity of the disease and medical report or other services that we may provide. These flat charges will not be reimbursed by your insurance company.

Special treatments (alcohol ablation, radiofrequency ablation) or special diagnostic procedures (core needle biopsy) are usually not reimbursed by the mandatory health insurance companies, but are in general partly (or fully) covered by private insurers. Radioiodine treatment will be reimbursed at 80% by the mandatory insurance companies (own costs approximately € 30.-), fine needle aspiration to a much lesser extent.
The reimbursement process itself might take some weeks. The feedback from our patients regarding reimbursement is however positive. If you bring your medical referral letter ("Überweisungsschein") with you, we will pass it on, together with the "Honorarnote" (Invoice), to your insurance company if you wish.
Radiofrequency ablation
An RFA is currently associated with costs of € 2300 (incl. 10% VAT) (high one-time material costs). If the costs of RFA are above this price, we would discuss this with you in advance. With more than 90% of the patients a one-time treatment is sufficient. This can be estimated at the first examination and would be discussed with you in advance. For patients from outside Austria we charge € 2860 (incl. 10% VAT).
For Austrian patients: The „Steiermärkische GKK“ and „Niederösterreichische GKK” will according to the best of our knowledge remunerate between € 1200 and 1370.- (approx. 60% of the costs). Other health insurance providers have either refunded nothing or an amount of up to approx. € 350.-. Often there is already an external recommendation for surgery of a specialist. This can be helpful in the application process. There is a "supplement to the fee note" for your insurance, which you will receive from us during the first presentation. It is advisable to go to the insurance company with this supplementary sheet and the doctor's letters prior to RFA. The general advantages as well as the cheaper RFA should be pointed out.
Depending on the exact contract the amount reimbursed by the statutory health insurance fund, supplementary insurances refund from 0% to the full amount.
"Short" thyroid appointments
Sometimes intermediate control visits for known patients are necessary to assure a proper thyroid hormone dosage. The flat charge for these is € 17.-. For medical services the reimbursement issue is the same as stated above.
Endocrine disorders and osteoporosis
For bone densitometry measurements we charge € 75.-. This includes a "vertebral morphometry scan" in addition to a high-quality scan of the lumbar spine and both femoral sites. Vertebral morphometry allows for detection of vertebral fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine and adds significant information (without having to send the patient to a radiologist) to the bone density report. Reimbursement for a DEXA (bone mineral density) measurement is approximately € 30.-.
 seit 8.10.2012
  Thyroid, Endocrine and Osteoporosis Institute Dobnig GmbH
Jakob-Redtenbachergasse 10, 8010 Graz